Jayson Tatum reveals level of confidence in Celtics for Game 7 in Miami originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Despite a frustrating home loss with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line, all hope is not yet lost for the Boston Celtics.
It’ll all come down to Game 7 in Miami on Sunday, where the Celtics will have a chance to put Friday’s 111-103 setback in the rearview mirror and clinch their first trip to the Finals since 2010.
How confident is one of Boston’s best players in Jayson Tatum ahead of the winner-take-all game?
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“Scale of 1-10? Ten,” Tatum said at his postgame press conference. “Shouldn’t be any less than that, right?”
Aside from the obvious — what else was Tatum supposed to say his confidence level was? — there are some valid reasons for the Celtics to be feeling good about their chances heading into Sunday.
Boston is 6-2 on the road to date this postseason, having won a pair of road games against the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and the Heat, with victories in Games 2 and 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on South Beach.
As for Tatum himself, his stat line was solid enough in Game 6, with 30 points on 9 of 12 shooting, nine rebounds and four assists. But he also had seven turnovers, and along with teammate Jaylen Brown, combined for just seven field goal attempts in the second half — one apiece in the third quarter.
Tatum has almost always bounced back from his middling to poor performances this postseason, just as the Celtics have themselves. Boston is a perfect 5-0 this postseason following a loss, including 2-0 against Miami.
Since falling to 18-21 and 11th place in the Eastern Conference in early January, these Celtics have battled through adversity at every turn. What’s one more time?